TROY – Troy University will play host to the state's official disaster preparedness event and a special 9/11 remembrance service.
"Be Ready Day," set for Thursday, Sept. 8 around Trojan Arena, features displays of equipment from first responders, state agencies and volunteer organizations active in disasters and will focus the state's attention on being prepared for disasters well before they hit, said Dean of Students Herbert Reeves, who is coordinating the event on the Troy Campus.
"The day is set aside by Gov. Bentley to focus the attention of Alabamians on what state and local agencies, volunteer organizations and, most importantly, individual citizens can do to prepare for disaster before it strikes and the steps individuals can take during and after a disaster," he said.
A part of National Preparedness Month, Alabama's "Be Ready Day" is sponsored by the Governor's Office of Faith-Based and Community Initiatives, the Alabama Department of Homeland Security, the Alabama Emergency Management Agency and the University. It is free to attend and open to the public.
The day runs from 9 a.m. until 2 p.m., with a special ceremony at 1 p.m. inside Trojan Arena recognizing the importance of preparedness and remembering the 9/11 terrorist attacks and those impacted by them. Gov. Robert Bentley is scheduled to address those in attendance. Also participating in the program will be: Dr. Jack Hawkins, Jr., TROY's Chancellor; Dr. John Schmidt, Senior Vice Chancellor for Advancement and External Relations and a retired Marine colonel; Mr. Jon Mason, director of the Governor's Office on Faith-Based Initiatives; Mr. Art Faulkner, director of the Alabama Emergency Management Agency; and Mr. Spencer Collier, director of the Alabama Department of Human Services.
"We encourage everyone who can visit during 'Be Ready Day' to take advantage of what is being offered," Reeves said, noting that many area schools had been invited to participate.